The primary responsibility of the Jail Division is to ensure the safe and secure management of adult offenders who are incarcerated in the Atchison County Jail. Along with this, the division is also in charge of providing necessary inmate medical care, food services, and transportation.
The Atchison County Jail is a facility with a capacity of 74 beds, accommodating individuals at different stages of the criminal justice process, including local, state, and federal detainees. It is important to note that no juvenile offenders are housed in this jail.
The Jail Division operates under the supervision and guidance of the Jail Administrator.
Atchison County Jail has partnered with SUMMIT to offer commissary and banking services to inmates. Upon booking, an inmate account is created, allowing for deposits to be made at any time during their custody. These funds can be used by inmates for various purposes such as commissary purchases, phone time, medical services, or other programs provided by the Detention Center.
To deposit funds into an inmate’s account, there are two options available:
On-Site: Cash or credit/debit card deposits can be made by visiting the kiosk located in the lobby of the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office. No fees are applied for this method.
Online: Deposits can be made using Correct Pay, but please note that deposit fees may apply.
It is important to note that ATSO staff will not accept cash, checks, money orders, or any other form of money for depositing into an inmate’s account.
The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with HomeWAV to provide a comprehensive range of inmate communication services. This collaboration offers voice calls, video calls, on-site video visitation, eMessaging, tablets, commissary integration, access to movies, books, music, games, and a law library.
To utilize these communication services, individuals will need to set up a HomeWAV Account. This account will enable them to make calls, send text messages, or engage in video visits with the inmates.
Voice & Video Calls:
Receiving calls from inmates is a straightforward process. When a loved one who is incarcerated logs into the HomeWAV kiosk, a push notification is sent, and the call request appears on the recipient’s screen, similar to a regular phone call.
In addition to calls, HomeWAV provides email and text messaging features for quick and convenient communication with inmates.
Creating an Account:
Computer users can sign up at www.homewav.com, preferably using the Chrome or Firefox internet browser for the optimal user experience.
Mobile users can download the free HomeWAV mobile app from their app store. They can scan the QR code or click the provided link. Alternatively, searching for “HomeWav” in the app store will also allow them to find and download the app.
To ensure proper delivery, all inmate mail should adhere to the following format and be sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS):
Atchison County Sheriff’s Office
518 Parallel Street
Atchison, KS 66002
For legal matters, privileged mail originating from an inmate’s attorney of record must be clearly identified and sent through USPS.
Incoming mail that is not privileged can be in the form of postcards or letters. However, letters will be opened and inspected by authorized personnel to ensure compliance with contraband, prohibited content, and restricted material regulations.
Prior approval is required before sending packages to inmates at the facility. Packages are defined as any item that requires postage higher than the cost of a first-class stamp. In the event that correspondence is rejected, the inmate will receive a written notice explaining the reason(s) for the rejection. For any inquiries regarding the mail procedures, please contact (913) 804-6080.
To ensure the safety and convenience of all parties involved, all inmate visitation at the facility is conducted through video communication. Visitors are required to create an account with the designated inmate visitation provider, HomeWAV, before scheduling a visit.
On-Site Visitation Schedule:
· Monday to Friday: 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
· Saturday: 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM, 12:00 PM to 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
· Sunday: No on-site visitation available
How to Visit an Inmate On-site:
Create an Account:
· Computer Users: Visit www.homewav.com and follow the sign-up instructions using Chrome or Firefox internet browser for optimal experience.
· Mobile Users: Download the free HomeWAV mobile app from the app store and follow the provided link or scan the QR code.
· All visitors must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
· Each inmate is allowed a maximum of two visitors per visitation time. Children under the age of six will be considered lap children and won’t count as a visitor. Additional children, regardless of age, will count as one of the two visitors.
· Visitors must not leave unattended children in the lobby.
· Prohibited items in the visitation area include food, drinks, and smoking.
· Visitors must dress appropriately, avoiding transparent, provocative, or revealing clothing such as low-cut tops, halter tops, and tube tops.
· Footwear must be worn at all times during the visit.
Visitation may be denied, suspended, or terminated under various circumstances, including:
· Visitor being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
· Insufficient space available during the visitation time.
· Insufficient or falsified identification provided by the visitor, or refusal to present any identification.
· Disruptive behavior that hampers the orderly functioning of the facility.
· Intentional damage to county property by the visitor.
· Attire that does not conform to the dress code.
· Situations where the safety or security of the facility is at risk, such as severe weather, power loss, or a riot.
For further inquiries or clarification regarding the visitation process, please contact (insert contact details).
Sheriff Laurie expresses gratitude for the accomplishments achieved during his tenure, acknowledging that they are a direct result of the dedication and hard work of the staff members at the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his time in office, various personnel have been duly recognized for their outstanding contributions. These include receiving four “Officer of the Year” awards from VFW Post 1175, one “Officer of the Year” award from the Kansas Narcotics Officers Association, and the undersheriff (former) being honored with the “Humane Law Enforcement Award” for exemplary leadership in combatting illegal animal abuse, alongside the sheriff. With a team of over 30 employees, Sheriff Laurie deeply appreciates their commitment and acknowledges that it is the collective efforts of these dedicated individuals that ensure the safety of our community, inmates in the jail, and each other, day in and day out.
Atchison County, located in the state of Kansas, has a population of 16,348 according to the 2020 census. The county seat and largest city is Atchison. It is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, who served as a United States Senator from Missouri. The area of the county, measuring 434 square miles (1,120 km2), consists of 431 square miles (1,120 km2) of land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) of water, making it the fourth-smallest county in Kansas.
The region of the Great Plains in North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans for many centuries. During the 16th to 18th centuries, the Kingdom of France claimed significant portions of North America. Following the French and Indian War in 1762, France secretly transferred New France to Spain through the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France while retaining ownership of approximately 7,500 square miles. Subsequently, in 1803, the United States acquired the majority of the land for modern-day Kansas as part of the Louisiana Purchase, covering 828,000 square miles and costing 2.83 cents per acre.
Throughout its history, Atchison County has been known as a swing county, often serving as a bellwether. From 1896 to 1936, the county consistently reflected the national voting patterns. Following this period, another streak of being a bellwether county emerged from 1964 to 2004, despite voting more Republican than the nation during the 1940s and favoring Richard Nixon’s opponent in the 1960 presidential election. However, in recent years, the county has leaned significantly towards the Republican Party. In both of Barack Obama’s presidential victories, he failed to win the county, and in 2016, Hillary Clinton lost it by over 30 percent to Donald Trump.